Town asks for clarification on smoke shop sign

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Nov 082016

The Chad Smokeshop 420 was not always welcomed with open arms.

This undated article from sometime in early 2010 highlights some of the difficulties The Chad Smokeshop 420 faced in the beginning…


The Town of Athabasca’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) has asked for more information regarding a sign for the Chad Smokeshop 420, located on 49th Street, before granting a permit to owner Chad Wentworth.

Wentworth told the Advocate that the sign would include the name and logo of his store, which opened on Friday.

The Chad 420 logo in question

The Chad 420 logo in question

At the town’s MPC meeting on Tuesday night, Mayor Colleen Powell asked if the town could legitimately ask for changes to what Wentworth wanted on his sign .

“It’s sending a message that most people in the community don’t want sent,” said Powell , of the fact that ‘420’, a reference to April 20, Cannabis Day, would appear on the sign.

“My understanding is that it was chosen in place of a marijuana leaf,” said councillor Christine Nelson.

Powell told council that she had received several phone calls from concerned residents about the new store.

“Everything that is sold is legal, absolutely, but there is some concern that this is promoting drug use among young people. Whether or not this is true, that is the message that is coming to me,” she said .”I would prefer on the sign, that it would just say ‘smoke shop.”’

But chief administrative officer Doug Topinka pointed out that ‘420’ was part of the company name.

“It’s a small town and is this something we want sold in our community?” asked councillor Lionel Cherniwchan, who said the new store was different from having a massage parlor opening in town.

“Would I want a massage parlor adjacent to the building, probably no.”

Council also discussed granting a change of use for the store, which was formerly a clothing store.

“I kind of like dress shops. Why do we have to pass a change of use?” asked councillor Roger Morrill before asking if council could get legal advice on the matter .

“Basically this is a shop selling cigarettes. The actual paraphernalia is at the back of the store,” said councillor Christine Nelson.

Council did grant a change of use on the building, however, the motion to grant a sign permit for the new store was tabled until the next MPC meeting.


Should pharmacies dispense marijuana?

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Oct 272016

Are pharmacists really a good option for dispensing medical marijuana? We’re not certain the pharmacy industry is ready (yet).

dispensaryIn August, Canadian Pharmacists’ Association (CPhA) created a Task Force that issued recommendations asking the government to allow pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana. Just this morning, Shopper’s Drug Mart (with 1,200 locations across Canada), announced it is formally applying for a license to distribute medical marijuana.

Despite the desire to manage a (lucrative) new drug segment, we’re not sure the pharmacy industry will be equipped with training to do so effectively. This lack of guidance has not stopped the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association from making a case on their members’ behalf. In their defense, they (rightly) point out that pharmacies are well-equipped to ensure security, protection of supply chains, proper storage of medication, restricting access, and establishing patient management and proper controls over the distribution and dispensing of medications and controlled substances. Their recommendations stand on less solid ground when dealing with the drug itself: “In addition to providing secure and safe access to medications, pharmacists have the necessary expertise to mitigate the potential risks associated with medical marijuana, including harmful drug interactions, contraindications, and potential addictive behavior.”

But this knowledge of marijuana’s risks, potential drug interactions, and contraindications does not exist. We do recognize that pharmacies may want “in” on the action. But we’re not convinced pharmacies, in general, or pharmacists, in particular, will add real value when compared to other retail options available.

Given this, we’d like feedback from this group: Should pharmacies get involved in dispensing medical marijuana?

Sep 262016

Cannabis - good for so much!At The Chad Smokeshop 420, we believe cannabis should be legalized across the board. While we wait for that glorious day, we must become educators of those less knowledgeable regarding the use and benefits of cannabis. Some people have crazy misconceptions when it comes to cannabis because nobody has ever explained the truth behind the myth.

It’s up to us to explain the truth, so we found a great article by Legalize it! We Think. The article, seen below, puts together the most common myths and the facts to discredit them! What a handy tool in our drive for legalization! Share it at will!

If there was a single justifiable reason why cannabis is illegal, it wouldn’t be so annoying. Literally, just one specific piece of evidence to suggest that it really is worth investing billions in the control of cannabis production, distribution and indeed prosecutions. But there isn’t, and chances are there never will be.

Read The Full Article HERE!


History Of The Modern Worlds Oldest Compassion Club

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Jan 292016

This month the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club is celebrating 20 years of publicly providing cannabis products to patients.  There is a lot to celebrate.  While the recent victories of the club have been well documented, the early history is not so well known….”

Click here to read the full article!